Monochrome or color: This is the first question you need to ask before purchasing a laser printer. If you are a student who would only print assignments or thesis, a monochrome laser printer would suit you. Conversely, if you are a photographer who needs high-resolution images, go for the color laser printer.
Single or Multifunction: Some laser printers just print, others, in addition to printing, do a scan, fax, and copy. Some also give you the freedom to scan on a compatible USB disk. And if you work in an office, consider a wireless laser printer which offers the freedom to print and/or scan on the go.
Printer gsm: Known as grams per square meter, printer gsm would tell you the amount of weight it could handle. For instance, if you want to print envelopes or credit cards, you’d need more printer gsm than those who only want to print A4 sheets.
Simplex or Duplex Printing: If you are a student who wants to save cost on printing, a duplex printer – such as which prints on both sides of the paper, would save you money. Conversely, for office settings, simplex printers are considered more appropriate.
Tray Capacity: Once again, it is the scenario where you’d be using a particular printer which would determine its tray capacity. For instance, printers operating in an office need bigger trays to avoid the nuisance of constant refilling.
Connectivity: Nearly all modern printers provide built-in ports for USB, so what you should look for is Ethernet or wireless. If you work in a small, centralized office, connecting the printer to multiple computers via Ethernet might work. However, for big office settings where connecting wires with every computer is impossible, wireless printing might prove to be more useful.
Toner Cost and Yield: After using it for some time, you’d have to replace the original toner. Therefore, before buying the printer in the first place, make sure you know about its toner cost and how many papers it would print on one refilling.
Print Quality: Measured in dots per inch (dpi), the print quality of a printer determines how sharp (or dull) image that printer could produce. The best laser color printers currently offer print quality up to 2,400dpi, making them adequate for photo printing. However, for just text printing, resolution ranging between 300 and 600dpi is enough.